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Drugs in Football Making an Appropriate Decision Breaking the rules in football because of drug use is causing physical and mental damage to athletes and those who associate with them It is also setting a bad example for the youth of America There is just too many available drugs for football players today For football players drugs are easy to obtain Too easy to obtain Bill Gilbert a Sports Illustrated writer said they do not have to stand around in waiting rooms at pharmacy counters or on street corners for their fixes Drugs are brought to them and usually provided free of charge The athlete gets free professional advice from physicians and assisting trainers as to what drugs to take and when and how Harris 14 The variety and number of drugs available is enormous The two main types of drugs available are physically enhancing and mentally enhancing drugs Both types have the most deadliest consequence in common death Each type has its own pros and cons Yes there are some positive effects but they are not worth the later consequences Some athletes need help to maintain a mental edge on their game and opponents Some need help getting psyched up before a game Those athletes that do turn to drugs The most used drugs that athletes turn to are amphetamines Amphetamines effect the central nervous system They prepare the body for action by stimulating the rate of respiration heartbeat and raising the blood pressure Many coaches and trainers agree that no other drug is so widely distributed in clubhouses and locker rooms People who have taken many pills over a short period of time develop the delusion of insects crawling on their skin That delusion is an hallucination one of many side effects of mentally enhancing drugs One instance of the negative effects of amphetamines happened on a high school football field a few years ago Unaware that the running
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